Urlacher: 'Frustrating' to hear Bears not re-signing Hester

Urlacher: 'Frustrating' to hear Bears not re-signing Hester
March 6, 2014, 4:15 pm
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We already know Devin Hester wasn't happy with the Bears' decision to move on without him Thursday.

Now, a longtime Hester teammate is joining the ranks of the upset.

Former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, who went through his own less-than-ideal breakup with the Bears an offseason ago, told FOX Sports that the Bears not re-signing the prolific return man was "frustrating."

“I was really surprised to hear the news,” Urlacher told FOXSports.com. “You think of Devin returning all those punts and kicks as a Bear. He’s going to break the record on another team, probably. It’s crazy to think he won’t be in a Bears uniform doing that. It’s frustrating as an ex-Bear and a player to see that happen.”

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To Urlacher, this was the latest example of the Bears not displaying the same loyalty he sees other teams around the league doing.

“Look at what the Steelers have done the last couple days signing Troy Polamalu, Heath Miller, some older guys to a couple more years just so they can retire as Steelers,” Urlacher said. “The Bears could do that with Devin. He should retire a Bear. He set all those records in a Bears uniform, and his No. 23 should be retired one day in Chicago. It’s just the loyalty factor. It’s just not there. He should be a guy that retires as a Bear.”